Wash Park mansion of Gart Brothers Sporting Goods scion listed for $8M
The Wash Park home of Jerry Gart, the late patriarch of the Gart Brothers Sporting Goods family, has hit the market for $7.9 million.
Sitting on a 2-acre lot at 300 S. York St., the 9,899-square-foot mansion went up for sale on June 22.
Gart and his wife Sally purchased the property in 1987, according to property records. Gart died in 1996 at 62 years old, leaving the home to his wife Sally.
The five-bedroom, nine-bathroom home was built in 1941 and designed by famed architect Burnham Hoyt, who designed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It was custom built for John Gates, one of the founders of the Gates Rubber Company in Denver, according to co-listing agent Ian Wolfe with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.
The home will set a record for Wash Park if it sells for anything close to its list price.
Wolfe, who sold his own Wash Park home in March for a neighborhood record of $5.8 million, is marketing the property with colleague Chris Bouc.
“The grounds make you feel like you’re in a park,” Wolfe said. “I was told all the trees and landscaping were designed by the landscaper behind City Park. You feel like you’re worlds away from a city, yet you’re in the heart of Denver.”
Gart led the family business, Gart Brothers Sporting Goods, with his brother, three sons and an uncle after taking over the reins from his father Nathan, who opened the chain’s first store on Larimer Street in 1928.
He bought the Sports Castle on Broadway in 1971 and opened Gart Brothers Sporting Goods’ landmark location there. The family sold the property in August last year for $6.5 million to a partnership led by Tom McLagan, executive chairman of Denver-based Hyder Construction.
The sporting goods business ran in Denver for three generations, becoming a multimillion-dollar chain before the family got out of the business in 1992. They then got into the real estate industry, developing and selling properties, like the Seasons at Avon, the Denver Pavilions mall and the Village Shopping Center in Boulder.
Eventually, the Garts re-entered the sporting goods industry when they bought Grand West Outfitters in 1994 and started Specialty Sports Ventures, which they sold to Vail Resorts in 2010.
This story was reported by our partner BusinessDen.